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Vice-President’s Report
March 2001

1: Introduction
2: Who’s going to...?
3: Why a high turnover?
4: Independent teams
5: Issues to address
6: The way forward?
7: Conclusion

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President’s report (Mar 2002)
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President’s report (Nov 2001)
Nat. Assn. President’s report (Nov 2001)
President’s report (Sep 2001)
Miscellaneous reports (Jun 2001)
Vice-president’s report (Jun 2001)
Vice-president’s report (Mar 2001)

Vice-President’s Report

March 2001

(With illness hitting our President, Boris Dontscheff, I’ve undertaken to write this report)

By Paul Leverenz


I’m sure you will agree that ME/CFS is a dreadful illness. It’s chronic, it’s invisible, and it’s poorly understood. We certainly have a lot of things that appear to conspire against us at times.

I’ll give you a classic example of how tough it is. A person with ME/CFS recently went to court to dispute his rejected Centrelink application for the Disability Support Pension. He decided to represent himself on the advice of legal counsel. His appeal was rejected – one of the reasons given was that he represented himself so well. By doing a good job they thought he couldn’t possibly be sick enough to warrant the pension.

Ironic, isn’t it? We all know we can gear ourselves up to perform for a short period of time, but it is not indicative of how we are the other 6.5 days of the week. Yes, we face an uphill battle to increase understanding, don’t we?

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